Making the right product choices means better results. Tap into specialist insight and analysis on construction products and construction materials from NBS.
23 February 2017 | by Richard McPartland
Typical concrete comprises cement, water, gravel and sand. While this mixture makes the substance hard and strong, it does not promote flexibility. Thus concrete is brittle and prone to cracks if too much weight is applied. What if it could be more bendable?
Why graphene really is a wonder material
Wooden windows? Clear benefits.
01 March 2015 | by Jane Anderson
We review progress on Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and Building Lifecycle Analysis (LCA) and eye future potential.
09 September 2016 | by Richard McPartland
A new project to transform building facades into ‘biological computers’ made up of ‘digestive’ bricks that can create useful products from waste has been launched at Newcastle University.
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15 February 2017 | by Richard McPartland
Building successful UK sectors in smart cities, cyber and physical security and realising the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) is at the heart of the Digital Built Britain initiative. But what is the IoT and how can construction make the most of the opportunities it affords?
08 February 2017 | by Phil Simpson
What is the difference between an ordinary door and a fire door? This article provides some insight into the use of fire doors in passive fire protection, how they should be specified correctly and who is responsible for their maintenance.
05 January 2017 | by Jess Sharman
Windows are one of the most important elements of a building’s thermal envelope; providing aesthetics, letting in light, helping control sound, and serving as a means of natural ventilation. The history of windows is enmeshed in the history of architecture, and their evolving design is a tribute to not only architectural advancement, but to the progression of framing materials and glass manufacturing.
30 November 2016 | by Richard McPartland
Does your Medium daily digest need a boost? Check out these posts with a construction connection and load up on essential reading from the blogosphere.
28 November 2016 | by Jess Sharman
Most of a building’s problems can be traced to moisture. It causes wood to decay, concrete to crack, fungus to grow, metals to corrode, pipes to burst (from the cycle of freezing and thawing), and it damages and discolours interior finishes. Understand moisture and you can prevent damp occuring.
27 October 2016 | by Richard McPartland
Cavity wall insulation can be a great way of improving the thermal performance of a building, making it both warmer and cheaper to heat, but it's not always a suitable solution. We explore the pros and cons.
24 October 2016 | by Martyn Dade-Robertson
How can we put bacterial ‘builders’ to work on a new generation of construction materials? Martyn Dade-Robertson explores the potential of synthetic biology and its role in building the cities of the future…
24 October 2016 | by Shih-Ho Chao
Shih-Ho Chao, Associate Professor of Structural Engineering and Applied Mechanics at University of Texas Arlington, explores how building design has responded to the threat of progressive collapse...
19 October 2016 | by Richard McPartland
We take a sneaky peek at 10 construction material innovations with amazing potential to change the world we live in. Enter the materials that save lives, repel germs, heal themselves and even 'sweat'...
21 September 2016 | by Stefan Mordue
What do you need to consider when specifying seats for stadia? Our guide explores the role of the humble seat in providing a suitable ‘safe zone’ for audiences and where to look for advice on seating systems and layouts.
19 September 2016 | by Jess Sharman
The cities of tomorrow are smart - technologically-connected, sustainable and reactive. But what does this actually mean? We seek clarity on definitions, look at the importance of emerging models and standards and ask whether inhabitants can expect a better quality of life.
09 September 2016 | by Richard McPartland
A new generation of materials and structures will address concrete damage at various length and timescales.